Swearing, Carlin-style

George Carlin

Some George Carlin profanity always helps set you up for the day.

To recap, for anyone that doesn’t realise, yer man George Carlin – a comedian by trade, an American by misfortune, and Rufus by Jove – caused a Supreme Court ruling over the powers of the American broadcast authority, the FCC (all ye who are fans of Pump Up The Volume should be pantomime hissing & booing by now), to regulate “indecent but not obscene” programmes.

Carlin achieved this by virtue of New York radio station Pacifica broadcasting the ‘Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television’ routine from his Class Clown LP, and sending some fella listening to the show in his car with his son into some kind of Constitutionally-binding apoplexy.

And those seven words which you can never say on TV, or indeed radio?

  • Shit
  • Piss
  • Fuck
  • Cunt
  • Cocksucker
  • Motherfucker
  • Tits

A song put together with George’s Seven Dirty Words:

“We have more words to describe dirty words than we actually have dirty words…”

Shuffling the list:

Audio of the Supreme Court arguments and opinion
Text of all four Supreme Court opinions on the case
Transcript of the original routine
Carlin’s subsequent, audience-assisted, enlarged dirty word list
Short version of the routine:


One response to “Swearing, Carlin-style

  1. Pingback: “Gentlemen… We’re history” « Bristle’s Blog from the BunKRS

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